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donnell's campaign for the governorship in virginia, and the way he has governed since he has been there. virginia governor bob mcdonnell, after tim pawlenty, now being christened the new voice of the republican moderate. when he was endorsed last year, noted, quote, moderate temperament. mr. mcdonnell was hand-picked by the republican party to give the republican response to president obama's state of the union address earlier this year, after he had been in office precisely 11 days. mr. mcdonnell was praised as the new face of the republican party. move over, tim pawlenty, there is a new republican moderate seeming guy in town. a new republican moderate seeming guy that declared the month of april will be confederate history month in the commonwealth of virginia. governor mcdonnell releasing a proclamation to that effect saying, quote, april is the month in which the people of virginia joined the confederate states of america in a four-year war between the states for independence. oh, that's what we're calling it now, a four-year war between the states for independence. sounds awesome. is that a
if he'll ever go back down in the mines again. that's the mind-set in west virginia. this is what we do, we mine coal. >> of course his mother grieving the loss of her other son and two grandsons. he was grieving the loss of one of his sons. >> absolutely. it was unimaginable. i spent a lot of time with that family and saw a lot of strength, a lot of faith and a horrendous amount of pain, too. >> sherry mcgraw, you do a wonderful job and you guys at the red cross do a wonderful job. thank you. you were up with the family. they couldn't do it without you. everybody is worried about families. thank you so much. one of the other things we've been talking about is mine safety. there are a lot of questions being raised about safety at this mine. there have been a number of violations. let's bring in kevin strickland, you're with the mine safety administration. i've seen you quoted on the wires. was this a safe mine? >> i think we'll hold off comment until we do the investigation. i realize they had a lot of violations. my guys are trained if they see a violation that the company hasn't corre
virginia that, desperate search for survivors at the mine there. rescue workers are drilling holes into the upper big branch mine to try and ventilate the area where the four missing workers may be trapped right now. it could take up to 12 hours to get that air in. norah o'donnell is in montcoal west virginia this morning. what's the latest on the efforts to try to reach survivors if there are any. >> good morning. the good news is that the drilling has begun. they're going to go down some 1100 feet in order to try to reach four miners still missing. the governor of this state tells meet odds are long that they'll be able to find those miners alive. they were searching for them late last night but they called off the efforts because they were concerned about dangerous methane levels. so as you pointed out, they're going to have to drill a hole down 1100 feet to release some of those gases before rescuers can go back in. listen to how governor mansion described to me what they're concerned about. >> methane levels got so high that it was unanimous they decided no bring them out beca
the confederacy in virginia, how could the governor leave out all mention of slavery, because he said slavery was not a significant issue. the hasty apology came late this afternoon. has a healing touch. there's a factory giving old industries new life. and there's a train that got a whole city moving again. somewhere in america, the toughest questions are answered every day. because somewhere in america, more than sixty thousand people spend every day answering them. siemens. answers. so, at national, i go right past the counter... and you get to choose any car in the aisle. choose any car? you cannot be serious! okay. seriously, you choose. go national. go like a pro. >>> mitt romney a socialist? ronald reagan a leftist dreamer? rupert murdoch jumps the shark. >>> and the west virginia warnings, the miners were worried that methane levels were far too high before the explosion. and three months ago, inspectors found the fresh air relief systems were operating backwards, blowing out breathable air from the mine. >>> federal officials saying late this afternoon it is still too dangerous to se
. down in washington leading off tonight, gone with the wind, talking about that proclamation of virginia governor bob mcdonnell of the human rights month. he didn't mention the civil war and now mentions slavery. but only after sending out a dog whis toll the jefferson davis fans out there. why would a governor want to celebrate a war that fought to deny voting rights and rights all together, had 6 million 600,000 americans shooting at each other at point-blank range across open fields. >> and tea partiers have called president obama a socialist, terrorist, and now saying tea parties are like the kkk and says, quote, they've taken over the republican party. he'll be with us tonight. could we be seeing a replay of last summer's hostile town meetings? >> excuse me. excuse me. >> this was a scene from debbie wasserman-schultz's recent town hall and a democrat that got the same treatment. . >> when it rains, it pours, how much money did republican party spend in a vermont winery for, get this, office supplies? that's our sideshow. >>> and a political association long called the party of linc
george corley wallace. what the world needs now more of this talk, virginia's new republican governor bob mcdonnell has declared april to be confederate history month. to read his proclamation you would think the war was a joyous war of independence. great stuff all around. got overwhelmed by too much firepower up north. not a word about slavery being the issue or the election of abraham lincoln causing succession. former governor doug water of virginia says the confederate history month stuff is mind-boggling. we're going to talk about what just happened. >>> and will the real john mccain please stand up? he now says he's never considered himself a maverick. could someone please remind him he boasted about his maverick credentials throughout the entire 2008 campaign? we'll remind him tonight, go to the videotape. we're rounding up the mavericks tonight. >>> also, why is president obama having so much trouble winning over white-working-class americans? and how can he win a mandate in 2012 he can't do the job? we'll get to that one. >>> let me finish tonight with thoughts on p
," a setback in the search. rescuers at the west virginia mine get close to where four missing miners are believed to be, but are forced to turn back because of toxic gases. >> it's just the worst of our three options. from a rescue attempt, but the rescue attempt is still very valid because if there is someone alive -- >> senator jay rom feckefeller join us. >>> and they've signed the treaty. can the president get it ratified? and former defense secretary and former republican senator, william cohen joining us in the studio. >>> plus, the united states and russia leaders are trying to reach an agreement on iran. >> they're going to be pushing very hard to make sure that both smart and strong sanctions end up being in place soon to send a signal to iran and other countries that this is an issue that the international community takes seriously. >>> and it's a sister act. >> warn them that that pink elephant is on the move and 2010 is shaping up to be the year the conservative women get together and help take back the country. >> and is it smart to reopen old wounds? we'll be talking ab
let me bring in homer, a west virginia native, a former miner. he's written books, including the most recent "red helmet." he's joining me by skype. when you're looking at methane gas, these were changes made after the last big mining accident, have these safe rooms where people could go in, miners could go in, there would be oxygen, communications and water and keep them safe. apparently searchers went in and looked at one of these rooms and it was empty. how reliable is it to provide a safe place when miners are down there working in these sort of dangerous conditions? >> well, it's a great idea when it works. when you have as huge an explosion as this one, there's not an opportunity necessarily to get to one of these safe rooms or barricade yourself up. this was obviously a huge explosion that killed this many miners right off the bat. the four miners that were missing apparently were in the same area. so the energy that's involved with a blast like this possibly caused them not to be able to get anywhere. >> this apparently is a mine that is a nonunion mine. does that in
luck. >>> and now with more on the continuing follies of virginia governor bob mcdonnell who is sponsoring an essay contest. ladies and gentlemen, here is rachel maddow. >> thank you very much for that. and thanks to you at home for staying us this hour. elizabeth warren is here for the interview tonight. we're very much looking forward to that. >>> we begin with the eroding ground. he is bob mcdonnell, the famously and recently elected governor of virginia. republicans thought enough of his national prospects and thought enough of his image as a revitalizing force for their party that they invited governor mcdonnell to address the nation in response to president obama's state of the union address in february. mr. mcdonnell gave that speech 11 whole days after he was inaugurated. when the republican party decided to declare itself back and better than ever in a slickly produced self-c self-congratulatory web ad, bob mcdonnell was chosen to deliver the first sound bite in that ad. >> here in virginia, we live in the birthplace of american freedom and democracy. and this year,
phone calls in the night. virginia celebrates the confederacy. and also where we start tonight with governor's bob mcdonnell's decision. and virginia ron yagan a former radio talk show host working on a book about his dad. and pat buchanan and msnbc analyst. start with what happened in minnesota today. it's an amazing event. we'll get to the confederate stuff later. what's going on? show you right now is governor palin today with balkman. very fascinating political figures. very good on the stump. much more exciting than mitch mcconnell or john boehner. here is the new starpower of the republican party. let's watch today. >> on the outside i am here to testify she is 20 times more beautiful on the inside. please help me welcome governor sarah palin. >> you know, pat, i think i had a small role here in hosting this program one day when michelle bachmann came on and said we ought to have a media investigation. you were here. and the senate out of that -- a caterpillar became a butterfly and saw her today. she's dazzle on the stump. her speech today was so well given. i think that
olbermann, good night and good luck. and now, with the attorney general of virginia as scheduled to attend tea party rallies and faith healing sessions, ladies and gentlemen, here to don a protective tin foil hat on behalf of us all is rachel maddow. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, keith. i've had so many tin foil halts over the years i actually have them lined up by size. >> great idea. they matched which pair of glasses on a given day? >> that's exactly it. >> excellent. >> conspiracies i have known, hairstyles i have worn. thank you, keith. i appreciate it. and thanks to you at home for tuning in. tonight, nuclear news that is not just about treaties and diplomacy, but is about earthquakes and secret missions and cranes almost dropping huge containers of unstable radioactive material. good times. tonight, as keith said, faith healing makes its debut in the right wing effort to repeal health reform. yes, i said faith healing. and because it's come up again, we will preview tonight "the mcveigh tapes." it's a documentary, egs exclusive, only here and it's incredible stuff. but wher
virginia later in the program with the congressman whose district the mine is in. >>> meanwhile, afghanistan denying today one of the most inflammatory reports about president hamid karzai that we've heard in a while. that he threatened to join the taliban if the united states kept pressuring him. >> we were shocked to see such kind of comment in the media. the government of afghanistan in which president karzai is a democratically elected president has fighting against terror and fighting against those who put the life of our good people in danger as priority number one. and in that context, that comment, whoever has come up with that, does not make sense. >> san van na guthrie is nbc correspondent and cohost of "the daily rundown." nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel is live for us in kabul. is this a case that they are shocked to hear that hamid karzai may have said something, shocked that they're gambling with -- are we -- >> reporter: i think it's -- i don't think they're really shocked by it. president karzai has said things like this in the past. what they're sh
, an explosion in west virginia. thanks, brian. >>> there are new questions today over mine safety and coal profits. following this accident, labor secretary hilda solis is promising to take action with a special team of investigators to look into what caused the explosion. in a statement she writes, miners should never have to sacrifice their lives for their livelihood. let's bring in journalist and cultural historian jeff biggers joining us on skype today, the author of "reckoning at eagle creek, the secret legacy of coal in the heartland." good to have you on with us. you know this industry as well as anyone. it is a way of life. it's how they make a living. there's not a whole lot of economic development in this part of west virginia except coal mining. have the people of this area just come to accept the risk? >> they've come to accept the risk but i think like any americans they want to be able to go to work every day knowing that there are rules on the books that are going to be followed and enforced, that there's no reason to have unnecessary risks, especially if they're going to lo
? >> gut wrenching story, no doubt about it. thank you, norah o'donnell in naoma, west virginia. >>> earlier today, president obama offered his support and condolences to the families of the victims. he spoke at a prayer breakfast in washington, d.c. >> i would ask to the faithful who gathered here this morning pray for the safe return of the missing, the men and women who've put their lives on the line to save them and the souls of those who've been lost in this strategic accident. may they rest in peace and may their families find comfort in the hard days ahead. >> the president also said he had spoken with west virginia governor joe mansion and pledged federal government help in the rescue efforts. federal investigators say that they will leave no stone unturned to find out how this explosion happened. let's bring in former federal mine safety official, bruce dial. good to have you on msnbc this afternoon. can you speak to the violations, the safety infractions that this company had? 57 complaints just in the last month. how could that be overlooked? >> well, when you look at
virginia mine. rescue crews got inside, but now the quality of air has become too dangerous and crews are being pulled out. what happens next. >>> tiger woods, it's just a few hours away from teeing off the masters, but before his first drive, a haunting new ad is creating a lot of buzz. it featuring the voice of his voice. >> you'll find out what thinking was, i want to find out what your feelings are, and did you learn anything? >> advertising guru donny deutsch will join me to talk about this ad. what does donny, think and what are people on the blog saying about it? this is a hot topic today. >>> we saturday off with a diplomat from the middle east as he caused a bomb scare aboard a united airlines flight last nichlt federal marshals confronted the man, a diplomat from qatar, after he emerged from the bathroom smelling of smoke. smoked a cigarette and tried to cover it up, and then reportedly made a flippant comment to light his shoes. that was enough for the marshals to apprehend him. two fighter jets were scrambled in this. pete williams is the justice correspondent. what more d
's a good call. go national. go like a pro. >>> celebrating the confederacy in virginia, how could the governor leave out all mention of slavery, because he said slavery was not a significant issue. the hasty apology came late this afternoon. >>> mitt romney a socialist? ronald reagan a leftist dreamer? rupert murdoch jumps the shark. >>> and the west virginia warnings, the miners were worried that methane levels were far too high before the explosion. and three months ago, inspectors found the fresh air relief systems were operating backwards, blowing out breathable air from the mine. [ tires screech ] ♪ [ sighs ] ♪ that's two for doubting. [ chuckles ] you hit like my sister. really? i'd like to meet her. [ male announcer ] the volkswagen cc. award-winning design starting under $28,000. it's a whole new volkswagen, and a whole new game. en like you love activia light? sometimes i have no choice but to eat on the run... and to eat whatever happens to be around. heavy greasy food that's hard on my diet... and my digestive system. so i eat activia light every day. activia light,
in virginia, just across the potomac from downtown washington, d.c. they are getting as close as they legally can get to washington, d.c. with loaded weapons. simultaneous simultaneously in washington the second amendment march. the second amendment march is holding an armed march at virginia at the state capitol in virginia. the featured speaker is virginia's attorney general ken kuch cuccinelli, and bob mcdonnell who declared april to be confederate history month in virginia. news days like this that remind me when somebody says may you live in interesting times they probably mean it as a curse. joining me is zachary ross. from talking point memos. thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> i want to talk to you about an anti-abortion connection, the man arrested in texas, the man in washington state, one of his messages to patty murray, baby killer, murray, i hope somebody gets through security and blows your expletive brains out. do we know how the anti-abortion movement is related to other forms of extremism? >> we don't know absolutely. but when george tiller was murdered last y
are furious at the governor of virginia for his decision to declare april confederate history month. we'll talk to former virginia governor doug wilder and get his thoughts. >>> joe murray of on deck sports made one product, pitching mounds for indoor baseball facilities. his customers loved them and urged him to branch out. he added artificial turf and other baseball equipment, scoring a home run with his growing client base. for more watch "your business" sunday mornings at 7:30 on msnbc. [ crowd cheering ] [ male announcer ] competition... it pushes us to work harder. to be better. to win. but sometimes even rivals realize they share a common goal. america's beverage companies have removed full-calorie soft drinks from schools, reducing beverage calories by 88%. together with schools, we're helping kids make more balanced choices every day. ♪ let's wind 'em with precision. open our throttle to even more selection. and turn that savings swagger up full tilt. ♪ so when the time comes to bust open a can of doing... we've got all the tools for all the things we need to make 'em happe
in virginia. he has called of course within the last 24 hours for an investigation and a report to be on his desk by next week on the mine safety situation nationally. he wants to know what has been done, where are the violations, and what steps can be taken? also, of course, the senators from west virginia, senator byrd, senator rockefeller similarly calling for an investigation. hearings are already going to be held. we've heard a lot of criticism of the massey energy company. the president is now coming out of the oval office. on airforce one from prague he was first notified of the letter today from justice john paul stevens, the longest serving justice right now on this court. the president. >> i want to say a few words about the tragedy that took place this week in west virginia, but before i do, i'd first like to comment on the news that justice john paul stevens will retire from the supreme court at the end of its current term. when president ford was faced with a supreme court vacancy shortly after the nation was still recovering from the watergate scandal, he wanted a nominee who w
virginia's role. is this just for white tourists? >> it's 150th anniversary -- >> why would you encourage people to come down and -- >> well, there is a lot of miss information. virginia does not succeed over slavery, but virginia stayed in the union at the time of fort sumter. what took them out of the union is when abraham lincoln said we want volunteers, and your militia and your soldiers to attack the deep south and bring them back into the union. that's how virginia left the union. >> in other words, they refused to take sides with the union against the remembbels. >> they refused to have their sons kill their kin folk -- >> that's technical. >> technical? chris, wait a minute, there were eight slave states in the union at the time of fort sumter, and seven in the confederacy. >> gentlemen, that's not the point. the point is bob mcdonnell missed a point. that's an american story. there is a broader american story. if we are going to celebrate the history, let's tell the whole story and history and let's celebrate the whole history, and let's not pick and choose the facts we like and
virginia, and i think throughout the country, are taught to escape first. they are taught to try to get out of the mine the way they came in first. they retreat to a chamber or rescue shelter as a last resort. when they have made the determination, if their training has taken, if they have made the determination that they need to go to a shelter, that that's the last place that they would go. a shelter is a sophisticated barricade, in my opinion. >> is there any evidence at this point that these -- to believe anyone is alive down there, any actual evidence of that? >> we don't have any at this point. we just have hope. >> how far is that refuge chamber for the portal. >> do you know? >> one inch equals 500 foot map. i guesstimated a few days ago about 8,000 feet. >> so rescuer will have to go in about two miles. >> they would ride in a certain distance. they won't walk in from the outside. we'll get them in there as quickly as possible for them to get in as far as we can. >> you said there is not significant debris between the way out and the way in there? >> the debris starts where the nin
that you get nothing. >> move onto another one here, virginia's republican governor bob mcdonnell declaring april is confederate month. it sparks anger among civil rights leader and others. mcdonnell saying it will promote state tourism leading up to its 150 athanniversary of the civil war next year. the declaration honors the men, they say, who fought in the war but it makes no mention of slavery, for instance. former virginia governor douglas wilder the grandson of slaves himself, called the omission "mind-boggling." matt, your view on -- whether it's virginia or any formally confederate state that would use a confederate celebration, absent the acknowledgement of slavery is a mechanism to generate tourism revenue. >> virginia i think has four ongoing things that they're honoring right now, including organ donation and child safety month. but april i guess was just to create confederate month here in the commonwealth of virginia. my take is i think it is entirely fitting and proper and to remember and to honor virginians who died fighting in this civil war, but i also agree with governor
a lot of political weight in west virginia and has always fought against tightening mine safety regulations and always fought against mining labor rights and things like that. but also it's really important to say that this kind of deep underground mining and gassy mines is just dangerous. and it's always been dangerous. and there's no way that you can do this kind of thing and not run the risk with these kinds of explosions. >> yeah. absolutely. it is dangerous work. when you hear these family members, certainly you want, if possible, the best circumstances for those people who put their lives on the line and go into those coal mines, work that honestly nobody wants to do. >>> coming up in less than 30 minutes, we're going to talk to a former minor and author from the west virginia area about the safety dangers these miners, generation upon generation face when they go on and do that work. >>> developing now, an aaronment hearing is being held in a massachusetts courtroom at this hour for three teenagers charged in the bullying of a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide. none
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bring those qualities to domestic mining policy? at least 25 dead in west virginia. any real chance of rescuing four potential survivors could not have begun until tonight because it is all cheaper that way. >>> an arrest in washington state of a man who allegedly threatened the life of a united states senator over the new health care laws. [ tires screech ] ♪ [ sighs ] ♪ that's two for doubting. [ chuckles ] you hit like my sister. really? i'd like to meet her. [ male announcer ] the volkswagen cc. award-winning design starting under $28,000. it's a whole new volkswagen, and a whole new game. award-winning design starting under $28,000. these are actual farmers who raise vegetables in campbell's condensed soup. so if you've ever wondered who grew my soup, well, here they are. ♪ so many, many reasons ♪ it's so m'm! m'm! good! ♪ because with national, i roll past the counter... and choose any car in the aisle. choosing your own car? now that's a good call. go national. go like a pro. >>> death threats against a u.s. senator because of how she voted on health care reform. a
in west virginia. this is governor joe manchin on the tragedy. >> they're loving each other, they're hangi ining together he but it's very difficult for them, so ron wooten is the head of our mine safety and health and his responsibility is the mines of west virginia. we have our friends here, jermaine and -- you've been there for a while, haven't you? so, if there's any questions, there's not a whole lot except they're going to be drilling four holes now i understand versus three, correct? >> yes. three for ventilation and one more monitoring. >> you just can't believe the operation going on right now. i can't even explain to you how you're taking such a huge piece of equipment cutting a road in the side of a mountain, setting it up and start drilling. it's the most unbelievable, and god bless them. they're giving all they have, but it's a slow process. >> governor? can i ask you, i just spoke with an expert who said the mine is known as a gassy mine. was this disaster preventible? >> let me -- from our state and our federal -- people who basically have the responsibility of looking and d
mining policy? at least 25 dead in west virginia. any real chance of rescuing four potential survivors could not even have begun until tonight, because it's all cheaper that way. >>> also, an arrest in washington state of a man who allegedly threatened the life of a united states senator over the new health care laws. [ female announcer ] breathe right asks... [ woman ] could i ask you to strip on the street? absolutely! i have a lot of stuffiness at night. it wakes me up. i have allergies. ♪ you're right. i'm getting more air. -oh, yeah. -oh, wow! [ female announcer ] for two free samples, go to breatheright.com. >>> death threats against a u.s. senator because of how she voted on health care reform. and how a state attorney general was bribed or blackmailed into joining that frivolous lawsuit against it. another senator and top conservative columnist rip fox news claiming it can bias viewers and republicans who thought fox was working for them have learned they are working for fox. >>> new developments in worst persons in the weekend at bernie's case. the family that tried to board
>>> plus, a scoop about ken cooccinelli, he said it was cost virginia $350 has turned out to be a fundraising ploy. we have the evidence. and we have the evidence that vladimir putin fears nothing, as long as anything scary is drugged and blow dried to look pretty before he has to face it. "the rachel maddow show" starts right now. >>> ready or not, here it might be. turns out they're going for immigration reform. yeah. the long-awaited yet largely unexpected fight to reform federal immigration policy is as of today unexpectedly upon us. the tick-tock of what led up to this is head spinning. last night president obama told reporters on air force one that congress probably lacked the, quote, appetite to take on immigration this election year. that comment from the president led to the broadly understood truth expressed by this completely conclusive associated press headline. it's not going to happen. immigration reform off the agenda, so says obama. this morning house minority leader john boehner, quote, there is not a chance that immigration is going to move through the co
in the confessional and, of course, in the zone. >>> virginia's republican governor has outdone himself. he thinks now would be the perfect time to honor the confederacy. the reverend jesse jackson will rip on that at the bottom of the hour. >>> plus, hannity and the huskies make a cameo appearance in the "playbook" section of "the ed show." stay with us. we're right back here on msnbc. be good to your heart? so is campbell's healthy request soup. low in fat and cholesterol, heart healthy levels of sodium, and taste you'll love. guy: mmmm! chef: we're kind of excited about it. announcer: campbell's healthy request. because with national, i roll past the counter... and choose any car in the aisle. choosing your own car? now that's a good call. go national. go like a pro. >>> it's going to take a miracle for rescuers to get to the four trapped west virginia miners and get them out alive. that mining company had thousands of safety violations over the years. this has me convinced we need an investigation into criminal negligence. i have a commentary next. is your fitness drink pure? ♪ this one is. ♪
on those subjects. >>> virginia's republican governor thinks he was widely insensitive for him to honor the confederate forces without noting that slavery was wrong. the head of the republican governor's association, haley barbour from mississippi says african-american outrage doesn't amount to diddley. >>> plus, al gore. yeah. should he be on president obama's short list for the supreme court? i think so. that's coming up in the "playbook." >>> this is the story that has me fired up tonight. it's the story about whether you really care about people or not. the republican party is filled with fiscally conservative frauds. the senate is back from their two-week-long vacation, spring break. the first order of business is a $9 billion extension of unemployment benefits. that really has effected over 200,000 americans who saw their benefits cut. senators have been, let's see, flying around the globe and eating in the best restaurants while the unemployed americans have had basically been shut out in the cold on this deal. at this hour the senate is trying to end the debate and give these fo
to talk with bill nye, the science guy. >>> american's rights to carry their guns. in virginia, they're showing up in a national park, packing heat, legally. as a result of president obama signing a law to allow visitors to carry weapons in national parks. in washington, d.c., they're showing up without guns. they can't carry firearms in the city limits, but they want to change that. >> reporter: we have a protest where people are allowed to carry guns. here in the district where they have stricter gun laws, they can't. as for a noontime rally, it's a pretty good sized gathering. several hundred people. many from around the country coming here to send a message that they're not going to allow their rights to be taken away and that they're going to exercise their rights to free speech. across the river in virginia, people are carrying firearms, but are being very safe about it. they are going through inspections and have to put little plastic tags on their firearms to show whether they're loaded. they're carrying arm bands to show they've taken safety lessons. these advocates say they
in nevada. bob shrum and pat buchanan up next. >>> and hopes are fading in west virginia. you're watching "andrea mitchell reports" only on msnbc. >> i would ask that the faithful who gathered here this morning, pray for the safe return of the missing. [ crowd cheering ] [ male announcer ] competition... it pushes us to work harder. to be better. to win. but sometimes even rivals realize they share a common goal. america's beverage companies have removed full-calorie soft drinks from schools, reducing beverage calories by 88%. together with schools, we're helping kids make more balanced choices every day. ♪ ♪ this one is. ♪ new purefitness from crystal light. ♪ the first crystal light with no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives. ♪ new purefitness from crystal light. a pure way to water your body. one month, five years after you do retire? ♪ client comes in and they have a box. and inside that box is their financial life. people wake up and realize i better start doing something. we open up that box. we organize it. and we make decisions. we really are here to help
safety standards at coal mines in the wake of the west virginia tragedy. and the owners of that mine feeling not a bit guilty decide to criticize the president. that's next. s the pizza guy! and baby, he was messy. come on. you said you bought a digiorno. but the pizza came with cheesy breadsticks. breadsticks? i guess there was a pizza guy. yes there was... me. ( laughs ) new digiorno pizza & breadsticks. unbelievable fresh-baked taste, now with a full order of soft, cheesy breadsticks. taste. believe. it's not delivery. it's digiorno pizza & breadsticks. she found the box. maybe 'cause you left it right on the counter. >>> the lingering issue following president obama's speech on his vision for nasa may be this. will the president rightly or wrongly be saddled with the title of the president who ended manned space flight? even though the president's long-term plan does not call for that. in the fourth story on the "countdown," the strategies and aspirations of the space program under the current president, buzz aldrin joins me in a moment. president obama, the first sitting preside
, leading up to this march, this group has been holding armed rallies from kentucky to montana to virginia, anti-government marches and rallies at which participants are encouraged to wear and display their guns. now, even though those folks have been armed at all the state capitols leading up to the 19th march, when they head to the washington monument on the anniversary of the oklahoma city bombing they're not allowed to open carry there. so that second amendment march will be unarmed in d.c. that said, right across the potomac from that site in virginia, that march on d.c., also on the occasion of the oklahoma city bombing anniversary, that march will be armed. participants are being encouraged to bring guns. the organizers are holding it in virginia and bringing people up to the point on the potomac because they say that's as close as they can legally get to d.c. with loaded weapons. one of the speakers at the event, the one with guns, is the ex-alabama militiaman who made news encouraging people to go to democratic party offices and throw bricks through the windows. one other high pro
here on msnbc. now to the last chance rescue for four missing miners in west virginia. if the workers made it to a refuge chamber the supplies would be dwindling at this point. right now rescuers in west virginia are in a stand by mode. crews had entered into the mine before dawn but then dangerous gas levels forced an evacuation. nbc news' brian mooar is in naoma, west virginia for more on this. what are the chances of them getting back into the mine before darkness tonight? >> well, ed, they're really hoping to get back in right around 7:00 this evening when we're going to get another briefing but officials were very frank about it. those crews were angry when they were yanked out of that mine. to give you an idea of how close this was they have a sort of threshold of 5% of a buildup of explosive gases before they had to get out. it got to 5.4%. they told the crews to double time it out of there. they really did not want to do that. just like all these families who have been waiting for some measure of closure they really wanted to get in there and they got so close, they got within
at a west virginia mine trying to get to four missing miners. early this morning they finally entered the damaged mine shaft to see if they can find the miners, hoping they'll find them alive. 25 others were killed by that massive explosion monday, but the west virginia governor says there's still a small sliver of hope. >> right now we're in the full rescue. rescue is basically that we have four unaccounted for. we want to make sure that we're able to locate and hopefully by some miracle and a sliver of the hope that we have, we find somebody. >> nbc's brian moore is in west virginia now. so, brian, tell me what the situation is with these rescue crews going in. >> well, contessa this is essentially a very slow going effort to get these rescue crews about 5 miles into this mountain looking for a rescue chamber, where it's possible, just slightly possible that a couple of these miners coo suld have survived this horrendous blast and bunkering down waiting to be rescued. the governor acknowledges this is a very, very slim chance they could have sur sooifed. they expect this to transiti
to west virginia and what remains a rescue mission for those micing miners. crews are drilling into the pine to suc out the bad air. they've been banging on pipes but not getting any response from those missing miners. norah o'donnell is in naoma west virginia this morning. it sounds like hope is waning. >> that's right, chuck. good morning to you. today may be the day we learn the fate of those four missing miners. we heard from governor manchin who said that progress is better and that anticipated. in terms of drilling those bore who else, more than 1,000 feet into the ground, in fact, the first bore hole broke through at 4:15 a.m. this morning down 1,093 feet and then they're going to use these high speed fans in order to suck out the bad air to ventilate out some of that highly combustible methane gas and carbon mo oxide. they've got three other bore holes going in, as well. they're making progress. what's the goal? to make sure it's safe inside that mine. they're doing -- once it is safe and the governor says they may know between 10:00 and 2:00 today, they are going to ru
. for example, virginia's new asounding attorney general, released a statement saying that the lawsuit he was bringing to overturn health care was only expected to cost virginia taxpayers a total of $350. this is amazing. listen to this. quote, attorney general kenneth t.cuccinelli released the cost of the lawsuit his office launched against the federal file health care reform act. the court filing fee for the case was $350 there has been no cost above this amount as the litigation is being handled entirely by the attorney general's staff. wait a minute. the attorney general and his staff work for free? they're doing this one pro bono with their own office supplies, sitting in their cars at the parking lot, not while they're at work, having their salaries and expenses paid for by the good taxpayers of the state of virginia? amazing. absolutely amazing. even more amazing, though, is what's happening in the great state of georgia. georgia's republican governor sonny purdue wanted very badly to get in on the frivolous action, but his attorney general, thurbert baker refused, telling the gove
the mine country in raleigh county, west virginia, shook with an all too familiar sound. at least six miners dead, 21 more unaccounted for, and one is in intensive care at a hospital nearby after an underground explosion at the upper big branch mine. at this point even camera crews have not reached the area and obviously we're relying on visual aids and graphics of this sort. the plant's owners massey energy providing no details about this explosion except to say that five trained rescue teams from its company and a second company are now on the scene trying to get to these trapped miners, believed to be trapped miners. the upper big branch, just 100 miles from the scene of the 2006 disaster of the sago mine offer some hope of recovery if there has been survival after the explosion. it has cache's of extra oxygen and air-tight so-called refuge chambers along emergency escape routes that could keep trapped miners if there are trapped miners alive to keep them alive for as long as four days. details are limited at this hour as are illustrations. we'll bring them to you as become availab
this afternoon, the mine country in raleigh county, west virginia, shook with an all-too-familiar sound. six miners are dead after an explosion at the upper big branch mine. at this point even camera crews have not reached the area and obviously we're relying on visual aids and graphics. the plant's owner, massey energy providing no details about the explosion, except to say five trained rescue teams from its company and a second company were now on the scene trying to get to these trapped miners, believed to be trapped miners. the upper big branch, just 100 miles from the scene of the 2006 disaster at the sago mine, offers some hope of recovery if there. it has caches of extra oxygen and so-called refuge chambers that could keep trapped miners alive for as long as four days. details are obviously, as we said, limited at this hour, as are the illustrations. we will bring them to you as they become available throughout the night here on msnbc. (announcer) nothing works stronger, faster, or longer to relieve your worst allergy symptoms, including congestion, without drowsiness. get claritin-d
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